July 11, 2020

Randy Thompson: Advent — Waiting for the Lights to Come on in a Power Outage

Advent: Waiting for the Lights to Come on in a Power Outage By Randy Thompson Winter has arrived early here in our part of New Hampshire.  On the plus side, the final stages of leaf raking and fall clean-up were taken care of  by the snow.  However. . . We’ve had three significant snow falls […]

Advent II Sermon: God Visited Us

Sermon for Advent II: Luke 1:68-79 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we […]

Another Look: The Advent Question

Note from CM: Over at Christianity Today you’ll find an article by Courtney Ellis entitled, “The Case for an Early Christmas.” In it she tries to strike a balance between marking Advent and including some celebration of Christmas ahead of Christmastide itself. I recommend you take a look at it. It brought to mind this […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: The Mood of Advent

Monday with Michael Spencer The Mood of Advent I have several friends who are doing Advent in their Baptist churches for the first time, and they have lots of questions about candles and logistics. I wish there were more questions about Advent itself. For example, the mood of Advent is dark and serious. It’s not […]

Sermon Advent I: We Wait for Shalom

Sermon Advent I:  We Wait for Shalom (Jeremiah 33:14-16) The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he […]

Advent IV: Seeing

Note from CM: During Advent, I have asked some of our wonderful iMonk writers to share meditations on seasonal themes each week. Today is Christmas Eve, and I’ve invited Damaris Zehner to wrap up our Advent meditations. I am grateful for each of the friends and gifted people who have helped us prepare our lives […]

Another Look: Mary and the Contemplative Life

Mary and the Contemplative Life “But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). • • • The American church is renowned for its activism. We are a “can do” people, and in the Christian context that often means we see ourselves as “saved to serve.” We commend “being about the […]

Jeff Dunn: A Lifetime of Advent

Note from CM: It’s a Christmas miracle! What a wonderful surprise to hear recently that our good friend and former Abbot here at Internet Monk, Jeff Dunn, is back at the writing desk and has a new site for us to recommend. It is The St. Paul Evangelization Society (SPES in our Links list below), […]

Advent III Sermon: “Blessed Are You Who Bear the Light”

John 1:6-8, 19-28 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. This is the testimony given by John when the Jews […]

Advent III: Presence — The One Necessary Thing

Note from CM: During Advent, I have asked some of our wonderful iMonk writers to share meditations on seasonal themes each week. I have really missed hearing from our friend Lisa Dye, and I’m so grateful she was willing to send us this contribution for the third Sunday in Advent. In fact, I am grateful […]